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Did I Just Read That Right? £186K For A Mobile Home...

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...more w4nk fodder from the Wail...ah, its got two parking spaces apparently, so its well worth the dosh...

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2669885/From-micro-flat-three-bed-detached-What-Britains-average-home-price-And-London-shoeboxes-cost-4-000-month-rent.html

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These places usually seem to be aimed at pensioners. I can't for the life of me think why they bother.

For about £1500 you can purchase something similar in a coastal resort; the only catch being you can't live in it year round. But that usually means you only have to vacate for a month or two in winter, during which time you could live cheaply in a hotel in Spain, Malta etc catering for long term winter oldies.

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These places usually seem to be aimed at pensioners. I can't for the life of me think why they bother.

For about £1500 you can purchase something similar in a coastal resort; the only catch being you can't live in it year round. But that usually means you only have to vacate for a month or two in winter, during which time you could live cheaply in a hotel in Spain, Malta etc catering for long term winter oldies.

Woman at work does that. She spent 19k on a Static Caravan (with all mod cons) on a Holiday Park in Sussex and loves it. She goes down there all the time and said she'd happily live in it when she's finished working and vacate for 2 months a year. It's not a bad option for people priced out of bricks and mortar.

Mobile Homes on a residential parks used to be cheap for a reason, not owning the land it sits on, regulations, convenants and restrictions enforced by the Park Owner, rent and utility increases, unpredicatble changes of management etc. For 19k it's no big deal, when people start asking £100k++++ it's a joke.

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Woman at work does that. She spent 19k on a Static Caravan (with all mod cons) on a Holiday Park in Sussex and loves it. She goes down there all the time and said she'd happily live in it when she's finished working and vacate for 2 months a year. It's not a bad option for people priced out of bricks and mortar.

Mobile Homes on a residential parks used to be cheap for a reason, not owning the land it sits on, regulations, convenants and restrictions enforced by the Park Owner, rent and utility increases, unpredicatble changes of management etc. For 19k it's no big deal, when people start asking £100k++++ it's a joke.

Yes, if I ever move back to Britain my intention is to live 10 months of the year in a holiday park and 2 months abroad (I work online so can work anywhere), or as a continuous cruiser on British Waterways. Both would have problems with broadband access but I think this could be overcome. 'Bricks and mortar' can go whistle.

I recall a few years ago getting a cheap package holiday deal to a hotel in Malta. The place was packed with elderly people, and after chatting to some of them I found out that they spent 1-2 months there in the winter at some ridiculously cheap price like £150 all in.

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Yes, if I ever move back to Britain my intention is to live 10 months of the year in a holiday park and 2 months abroad (I work online so can work anywhere), or as a continuous cruiser on British Waterways. Both would have problems with broadband access but I think this could be overcome. 'Bricks and mortar' can go whistle.

I recall a few years ago getting a cheap package holiday deal to a hotel in Malta. The place was packed with elderly people, and after chatting to some of them I found out that they spent 1-2 months there in the winter at some ridiculously cheap price like £150 all in.

I think that's an excellent idea. The idea of spending at least 2 months of the year anywhere where else in the world is appealing.

Having educated myself on the difference between a residential park and a holiday park, then the holiday park wins hands down as it's so much cheaper. My work colleague says her holiday park static caravan costs about £5k a year all in for bills, ground rent etc, which is comparable to running a leasehold flat. That could be payable out of the interest earned on the 6-figure sum banked from not buying a flat. She gets a gym, leisure facilities and entertainment thrown in too. Billy Ocean and Bucks Fizz aren't my cup of tea, but something for everyone, I guess. Location and all that.

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I think that's an excellent idea. The idea of spending at least 2 months of the year anywhere where else in the world is appealing.

Having educated myself on the difference between a residential park and a holiday park, then the holiday park wins hands down as it's so much cheaper. My work colleague says her holiday park static caravan costs about £5k a year all in for bills, ground rent etc, which is comparable to running a leasehold flat. That could be payable out of the interest earned on the 6-figure sum banked from not buying a flat. She gets a gym, leisure facilities and entertainment thrown in too. Billy Ocean and Bucks Fizz aren't my cup of tea, but something for everyone, I guess. Location and all that.

Sitting in a static caravan during a horrible winter's evening seems a but grim to me...Yes, Bowleaze Cove in Weymouth for example sounds rather nice this time of year (apart from the British idiot holiday makers that often vacate them), but to be stuck in one, on a wet evening in November, with nothing open?

Horses for courses, and all that...

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Sitting in a static caravan during a horrible winter's evening seems a but grim to me...Yes, Bowleaze Cove in Weymouth for example sounds rather nice this time of year (apart from the British idiot holiday makers that often vacate them), but to be stuck in one, on a wet evening in November, with nothing open?

Horses for courses, and all that...

It wouldn't necessarily be a static caravan. There are timber chalets in a lot of places, and I reckon it wouldn't be too difficult or expensive to get them kitted out with decent insulation for the winter. As for nothing open, it wouldn't be much different to living in a small village. You could get to places of interest with a car or bike; many of the south east coast places (such as the Isle of Sheppey) would be only an hour or so from London by train if you wanted a night on the razzle (I don't mean the magazine...)

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Yes, if I ever move back to Britain my intention is to live 10 months of the year in a holiday park and 2 months abroad (I work online so can work anywhere), or as a continuous cruiser on British Waterways. Both would have problems with broadband access but I think this could be overcome. 'Bricks and mortar' can go whistle.

I recall a few years ago getting a cheap package holiday deal to a hotel in Malta. The place was packed with elderly people, and after chatting to some of them I found out that they spent 1-2 months there in the winter at some ridiculously cheap price like £150 all in.

You don't have to be a continuous cruiser, there are other options. A permanent mooring is subject to the same restrictions as a holiday park, officially, but it's the mooring that has the restriction, not the boat - so you move the boat for a bit, if you're bothered (which nobody is). Continuous cruisers are constantly harried to make sure they don't overspend time on a mooring and are complying with the rules of the licence. Those living on a permanent mooring are left alone, it's by far preferable to a holiday park, and continuous cruising, and definitely to saddling up with mortgage debt!

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It wouldn't necessarily be a static caravan. There are timber chalets in a lot of places, and I reckon it wouldn't be too difficult or expensive to get them kitted out with decent insulation for the winter. As for nothing open, it wouldn't be much different to living in a small village. You could get to places of interest with a car or bike; many of the south east coast places (such as the Isle of Sheppey) would be only an hour or so from London by train if you wanted a night on the razzle (I don't mean the magazine...)

I've stayed in a Centre Parcs chalet, and they seemed to be really nice..A lot of them are stuck in a woodland setting, and to me, it seemed to be "classier" than a typical English seaside resort (not that I'm a snob or anything.. :))...

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We've had a few holidays in static caravans, taking advantage of some town music festivals. Damn cheap compared with hotels etc. It had full gas central heating, flat screen tv, dvd, fridge, oven. Nothing like my childhood experience.

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